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Voice: Don't criticize those who live in the past

January 24, 2001

The Grinch can be blamed for stealing more than Christmas. He also stole our future, but so long ago no one has really missed it. In fact, people still plan as though it is just around the corner. But the future never comes. And actually, the present does not even exist. Only the past can reliably be documented. And it is the past for which we must plan, for it'll be here sooner than one thinks.

We lost our future about 12 billion years ago because of the Big Bang. Light travelling at the speed of 186,281 miles per second raced through previous emptiness, creating a past as it pushed time forward. About 4 billion years ago our earth was formed in the wake of this cosmic past. To keep track of our own temporal affairs as they occurred we created an inaccurate but manageable sense of time based on earth revolutions. Along with cosmic time, this can only measure what has happened. We know what has been, not what will be.

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In planning, we plan for things to happen. We look forward to their having occurred, which makes them a past event, and through our planning for this past event we can control to a large degree our history. We can predict our history but not our future, the concept of which time absorbs as it continuously moves forward, leaving the past in its wake.

As in the beginning of time the future does not arrive, it is simply taken over. Similarly, the present does not exist, nor can it properly be defined. Even as we think or speak about it, it has become the past. The past is what we actually live for — things that have already happened that give us pleasure or security or whatever and validate our plans and hopes.

Before the Big Bang there was no past, only the future. The Big Bang destroyed the future in creating the past. This was the beginning of time. Not knowing for sure just yet how all of this ocurred we can blame Grinch for stealing our future. So don't criticize someone for living in the past. We all do. It's all there is.

JAY VON WERLHOF

Ocotillo

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